The History of Remembrance
Remembrance Day began in 1919 as a way of remembering the war's sacrifices, by marking the time when hostilities ceased between the Allies of the First World War and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918. Ceremonies have continued to take place at war memorials to mark this moment for almost a century. Every year on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the nation falls silent for two minutes.
Introduced by George V on the first Remembrance Day in 1919, this poignant silence was revived in the 1990s after it had fallen from favour. As conflict continues around the world today, it is marked to remember the dead of the First and Second World Wars and those who continue to risk their lives to protect our freedom and the values we hold.